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‘Right To Work’ Passed

The Michigan House and Senate have passed bill that will make Michigan a “right to work” state. Unfortunately, most citizens are unaware of what “right to work” means or the implications of such a law. To begin, the term “right to work” (RTW) is a misnomer. RTW has nothing to do with the right of a person to seek and accept gainful employment. ...

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Miller Canfield approved

By a 5-4 vote Dec. 11, City Council approved a $300,000 contract with law firm Miller Canfield. Mayor Dave Bing says Miller Canfield is necessary in the effort to gain financial stability for the city. Some Council members had reservations. Members opposing the contract cite a possible conflict of interest as Miller Canfield was involved in drafting the state’s emergency manager law. ...

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Detroit: A raisin in the sun?

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, after he — along with Council members Saunteel Jenkins, James Tate, Gary Brown and Charles Pugh — voted to approve the ill-conceived Hantz land sale proposal, he was quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying, “a ‘no’ vote would have sent the message to the world that Detroit isn’t really serious about urban agriculture.” ...

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A different vision, saying ‘no’ to Hantz

Something very new is happening in Detroit. Forces long dispersed are coming together, recognizing the possibilities of creating a future based on values of care, compassion, local production and sustainable ways of living. Thanks to the Hantz Farms/Woodlands proposal, the question of what kind of city we will become is being discussed in barbershops, community centers and around kitchen tables with a new s ...

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DPS appeals to U.N. for relief

Human rights rally help By Victor Walker Special to Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Citing a list of governmental actions depriving Detroiters of their vote, DPS school board members, community leaders, activists and citizens issued a human rights appeal to the world community on Dec. 10 at a press conference in front of Coleman Alexander Young Center. “The will of the people is being ignored with impunity,” rea ...

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A viewer’s guide to Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln and the American Civil War’

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” opened last week, and many have flocked to see this Hollywood version of one of the nation’s most tumultuous times — the American Civil War. The film purports to recount the last months of the life of Abraham Lincoln as he lobbied to achieve the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which is said to have ended legal slavery in America — at least on paper. ...

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Lot by lot, Detroiters are cultivating food sovereignty

Detroit and its residents are at crossroads regarding our city’s greatest resource: Land. Some view the large amount of underutilized land owned by the city of Detroit as a burden on the city and a hole in tax revenue stream. But there are many who see this land as an opportunity for the city to direct future development according to the needs of our residents, and keep land in the public trust that could h ...

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